Prepare to Work in Health and Social Care (NQ) @ SCQF Level 5

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This programme is designed to lead directly from College to employment or to gain sufficient qualifications which will lead to a level 6 programme in this area the following year. It aims to prepare you for a career in Health and Social Care in by providing some practical work in our Care Hub and some theory work.

Almost all your theory lessons will be live online through Teams, and you will be given the opportunity to develop your practical skills in our Care Hub flat.

It is likely you will be attending lessons face to face one day and online live lessons the second day.

You must be able to cope physically and mentally with the demands of this level of study. You should be a caring, reliable and compassionate person with exemplary behaviour.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


You must be able to attend and engage 100% of the time online and in face-to-face lessons and activities

Entry Requirements

You must be eligible to join the PVG scheme and must not be barred or under consideration for listing (criminal record check).

You must be reliable and physically and mentally capable of supporting others.

You must have FIVE full awards at N4 level including English and Maths

Those who have not got the academic entry criteria must be able to demonstrate that they are capable of writing at the right level in the Supporting Information questions.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Please make sure to answer the Supporting Information Questions on the application form, with as much detail as possible. This will demonstrate your commitment to the course.

Course Content

Practical skills in our Care Hub

Skills for Work Health Sector at National 5

Prevention of Infection

Healthy Eating

First Aid


Course content is subject to change


Observation of practical, reflection on practice, essays, closed book assessments


This programme is intended for you to progress to work in the sector or if you do wish to progress academically then you may be able to apply for the SCQF level 6 Health and Social Care Theory programme. For that you will need to demonstrate a positive learner reference and successfully pass all the units on this programme with good attendance and engagement.

Career Prospects

Working in the health and social care sector.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

If you’ve no experience so cannot easily get a job in the sector, then this course will give you a start in the theory and skills that you need. If you already have experience of working in care but want to see if you can gain the qualifications to aid promotion, then this is the course for you.

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